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33 Practical Gifts for Hikers That Go the Extra Mile

Happy trails.

Much like walking an unfamiliar trail or negotiating a series of tight switchbacks, finding great holiday gifts for hikers in your life can feel like treading on treacherous terrain: For a sport so seemingly straightforward, hiking still requires a fair amount of gear for safety, practicality, and comfort—and the proper pieces of gear, at that. The wrong pair of socks or hiking boots can make all the difference between a happy ramble through the woods and a miserable trudge—no matter how epic the summit selfie may look.

Fortunately, between the experts who shared their favorites with SELF and the wide range of high-quality hiking gear available at reputable retailers like REI, Adidas, and Backcountry, you don’t have to be a lifelong outdoor enthusiast to find the perfect gifts for one. From sports bras and pants to technical gadgets and supplies, there are plenty of hiking gifts and stocking stuffers to choose from that will leave your outdoorsy friend smiling and looking stylish at the trailhead.

If you know someone who loves bagging peaks and spending time in nature, below are some excellent gifts for hikers that they’ll appreciate on their next outdoor adventure. We strongly recommend placing your orders for the holidays sooner rather than later, with shipping delays already reported and deadlines pushed forward.

You can click here to check out the entire list of gifts for hikers, written by Johanna Flashman, Gray Chapman, and Sara Coughling.

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May 6, 2022

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